QLD Warning, heavy rain, strong winds and floods to cause havoc
Tropical Cyclone Iris may reform off the Queensland coast and dump more torrential rain on sodden communities in the state’s north.
The Bureau of Meteorology said heavy rain and winds gusting above 100 km/h could affect coastal communities between Innisfail, just south of Cairns, and Proserpine, from Monday evening.
“She has shown some pretty significant signs of development in the last 24 hours,” senior forecaster Diana Eadie told ABC radio.
“We have increased the tropical cyclone likelihood from low to moderate for today, and to high on Tuesday.”
“Even if it doesn’t reach tropical cyclone strength, what we are seeing is an increase in rainfall and the potential for damaging winds … between about Innisfail and Proserpine really starting to pick up from this evening.”
Communities in the warning zone have been told they could get 200-300mm of rain over the next 24 hours. Locations which may be affected include Proserpine, Bowen, Townsville, Hamilton Island, Ingham and Innisfail.
A flood watch remains current for coastal catchments between Cairns and Rockhampton. Rescue and flood-response teams have already been sent to areas likely to be affected.
Ex-Tropical Cyclone Nora dumped over a metre of rain on the north and far north of the state over the past week, causing widespread flooding.
The emergency services minister, Craig Crawford, said it is important to be prepared given how saturated the ground is: “With more heavy rain and strong winds around the corner, I know we will once again see QFES personnel right across Queensland step up to the job.”